For the second release of the Native Dollar Series of proof silver coins from the Native American Mint, the second largest federally recognized tribe in the United States was chosen as the representative of the state of New Mexico. Included along with the Navajo Nation in the design is the cougar, an animal once found throughout the American West that is now limited to small, mountainous pockets. The 2015 1 oz Silver Proof New Mexico Navajo Cougar Coin is currently available on Silver.com.
- Second release in the Native American Mint’s Native Dollar proof series!
- Celebrates the Navajo people of New Mexico.
- Ships to you in an individual plastic capsule for protection.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued face value of One Dollar by the Native American Mint.
- Coins are NOT considered legal tender in the US.
- Obverse bears the image of a member of the Navajo Nation.
- Reverse features the deadly cougar.
- Each coin has a satin finish.
These coins from the Native American Mint reflect the sovereignty of federally recognized tribes in the United States. Under the framework of the US Constitution, Native American tribes hold status as domestic dependent nations with a parallel sovereignty within the United States.
However, even though the Native American Mint has issued these proof coins with a face value of One Dollar, they do not have legal tender status in the United States. Only the United States Mint has the authority to strike American coins with a face value that is considered legal tender.
The Navajo Nation occupies the Four Corners region of the United States comprising portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. According to the United States federal government, the Navajo people are the second largest tribe in the country with roughly 300,460 members registered. The vast majority of these individuals reside within Arizona and New Mexico.
On the obverse of the 2015 1 oz Silver Proof New Mexico Navajo Cougar coin is the image of a member of the Navajo Nation, captured in brilliant relief gazing back at you as you view the coin.
The reverse side features a cougar in a seemingly relaxed pose. Cougars are one of the deadliest predators on the North American continent, silently stalking their prey and pouncing before the victim even knows the beast is there.
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